Apr 8, 2009
The Lord of the Rings (1978) (part 7 of 11)
The OPN returns to explain that a group of people—Legolas the elf, Boromir and Herman the humans, Gandalf the wizard, and Gimli the dwarf (who hasn’t even been formally introduced until this moment)—volunteered to go with the hobbits in order to protect them and represent their separate races. They’re calling themselves the Fellowship of the Ring, because everything in Lord of the Rings has to have a formal, capitalised name.
There’s a montage of the Fellowship setting out on their journey to Mordor, and the only really notable thing is that they’re all tinted actors now. Then they’re animated again, and making their way through a snowstorm. This effect is created by blowing swirly snowflakes over the picture, which happily has the effect of nearly hiding the characters from view (and probably saved a ton on colouring costs).
Eventually, the Fellowship’s journey (and the plot) comes to a grinding halt while everyone sits around and watches—yep—Gandalf and Herman having a stupid argument. Wait a minute, aren’t these two supposed to be friends? Because I haven’t seen them act very friendly toward each other. Come to think of it, just about every character in this movie acts abrasively toward every other character.